If you’re currently suffering from joint pain in the hands and feet, it’s quite common that your local practitioner will prescribe you one of the following non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs – pronounced “en-saids”.
NSIADs Generic Names:
Word of Caution:
If you suffer from any kidney, liver or heart disorder and are on medication then taking any one of these is out of the question, as they can both intensify or diminish their effects, plus the longer you use NSAIDs, the severity and risks of developing any side-effects increases, so these are only to be used short-term.
They can be useful for some, but for many and especially those who have high blood pressure will be particularly sensitive to this type of medication, so the pain will still intensify and remain constant, thus the next option your rheumatologist or osteopath will suggest will be to try steroids or have an anti-inflammatory injection.
This is typical of medical practitioners in the West, who will only suggest more prescription techniques which pose more risk to your health than NSAIDs, and where research shows they are again for the short term and offer little long-term relief.
5 Arthritis Treatments Your Doctor Won’t Prescribe
There are additional home treatments and practices you can undertake yourself however which pose no risk to your health, and offer long-term pain relief to this disease.
1. Paraffin Bath
In the U.S these can be purchased at Wally World or most drug stores, and are available also in Europe and online.
Designed for feet and hands, you heat the bath at least a few hours before needing to use it. Be sure to add the paraffin as this is especially good for promoting circulation and the orange oil that comes with it adds a nice aroma to the experience.
It also has the added advantage of removing dead skin and strengthening your nails.
2. MSM & Glucosamine Complex Supplements
These are essentially FDA registered homeopathic pain relievers, Eazol, JointKote and JointAdvance being the most popular in the U.S.
They deliver no side-effects and are argued in some quarters to be just if not more effective at relieving pain than NSAIDs, while you can take them on a long-term basis without the risk of damaging any organs.
They also contain magnesium which to date is proven to be far more effective at rebuilding bone density – by some 11% – than calcium supplements which are somewhat debatable.
3. BLUE-EMU Cream
BLUE-EMU is used for both skin disorders and as an anti-inflammatory. It also contains Glucosamine helps relieve joint problems.
Rub a little on the joint when you start to feel the pain kick in. Consumer feedback suggests it really can have an instant effect.
4. Low Compact Exercise
Swimming is wonderful all-round and should definitely be part of your daily if not weekly therapy to strengthen the muscles around the joints, which will provide continual support and help relieve the pain naturally – for the long-term.
If your feet are particularly difficult to walk on, try walking in warm water down your local swimming bath or dangling your legs over the side of the pool and gently moving them up and down for 30 minutes a time.
This again will help circulate the blood and put your joints in much of a better shape for the day.
5. Acupuncture of Hands and Feet
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs in the wrist when the median nerve becomes compressed due to inflammation of one of the tendons it passes by, causing numbness, tingling and wrist pain.
Acupuncture alleviates this, as it can also help reduce inflammation in the feet where it increases blood flow to the foot and the lower leg, providing more mobility to the feet.
Unlike NSAID’s, these 5 methods for treating hand and foot arthritic conditions are:
- Completely safe, with absolutely no side-effects.
- Much more beneficial for you long-term.
- Will help the remission of the disease.
- A positive platform for going forward in life.
- A change to the norm and the activities that can be enjoyed with friends and family, where keeping your spirit high is crucial for fighting and defeating this disease.